Notebook: May 2015
Topics of interest to Tulsans
Jenny, Hudson, Court and Ella Collier.
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A mom’s mom
Some might call Jenny Collier “Supermom.” The former photographer and mother of two stays more than busy with several ventures while her husband, Court, operates SKATES roller skating rink in Sand Springs.
In 2009, Collier began www.jenny collier.com as an extension of her professional photography brand. When she closed her business in 2012, the site morphed into a lifestyle blog.
For the past five years, she and Ashley Thompson-Westfall have taught Mamarazzi of Tulsa photography workshops.
And in December, Collier and five friends launched a collaborative online resource called Moms of Tulsa.
In honor of Mother’s Day, May 10, TulsaPeople asked Collier about her mission to support local moms.
What are your goals for www.jennycollier.com and www.momsoftulsa.com? My heart for www.jennycollier.com is that I can encourage moms to be the best version of themselves — whether that’s sharing easy DIY tutorials, recipes and photography tips that help them to feel creative or stories of encouragement when they are in the trenches of motherhood.
With Moms of Tulsa, I hope that it can be a resource for local moms — where they can learn of fun events, places to play, birthday party locations and inspiration, craft ideas, recipes for their family and more.
What are your thoughts on the term “mommy blogger”? I certainly love a good reality show and getting a peek into someone’s life, and mom blogs fall into that category for me. I think it can be really encouraging to hear other moms’ stories and have those “me, too,” moments.
What do you love about raising kids in Tulsa? The people of Tulsa make raising kids here great, in my opinion. I have lived in the Tulsa area over half of my life, so also getting to relive some of my own childhood memories with my own children is something that I love.
Why do you think Mamarazzi of Tulsa has been so well received? There is a huge learning curve with digital SLR cameras — you simply can’t purchase one and get magazine-quality photos with it. ... Possibly one of my favorite things to see is a mom go from being frustrated with her camera to leaving able to capture beautiful shots of her children.
Five young Tulsans had the ear of President Barack Obama on March 29 at the fifth annual White House Science Fair. Comprised of Girl Scout Daisies, the “Supergirls” robotics team from Troop 411 of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma presented their invention: a battery-powered page turner for people with conditions or disabilities affecting their hands.
This year’s science fair focused on girls and women excelling in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and inspiring the next generation with their work, according to a press release.
New maestro takes the stage at TCC
An intensive, yearlong selection process has resulted in a new artistic director and conductor for the Signature Symphony at Tulsa Community College.
Andrés Franco was hired in March, following a vote of the TCC Board of Regents. He succeeds Dr. Barry Epperley, who founded the orchestra 36 years ago and retired following the 2014-15 season.
A native of Colombia, Franco served three seasons as artistic director of the Concerts in the Garden Summer Festival with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and five seasons as principal conductor of the multimedia project Caminos del Inka, according to a press release.
Franco was one of three conductor finalists chosen to headline Signature Symphony’s 2014-15 season. The symphony’s 70 musicians played under each finalist, experiencing their unique styles and approaches to music.
Signature Symphony patrons were asked for feedback on how well they “connected” with each candidate, says Dr. Brett Campbell, chairman of the Conductor Search Committee and TCC Southeast Campus provost. Advisory board and community members and
artistic leadership in Tulsa also supported Franco’s appointment.
The 2015-16 season begins in September. Visit www.signature symphony.org for performance dates and more information.